Residence Halls, Houses, Townhouses

We foster a safe, supportive, and empowering community that will challenge and support you in growing and developing holistically.

Living on campus as St. Ambrose University is about as good as it gets!

We provide modern residence halls (some of the best in the Midwest!), sweet suite living, apartments, and close access to everything you need academically, spiritually, and physically to succeed in college.

Tuition, Fees, and Room and Board Costs

General Housing Information

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Explore cost, different types of living arrangements (themed communities, off-campus, summer, and graduate), and requirements of living on campus.

If you attend classes full-time, then you can apply for housing. You will be placed in a residence hall based in either traditional (typically freshmen and sophomores) or preferred (typically juniors, seniors, and graduate students) housing.

Housing and Meal Plan Costs


2018-19 per semester

  • Traditional Hall, double (Davis double, Davis single): $2,385
  • Traditional Hall, double (Cosgrove): $2,885
  • Traditional Hall, double (Bechtel, Franklin, North, Rohlman): $3,310
  • Preferred Housing, double (Houses): $3,700
  • Preferred Housing, double (Tiedemann, townhouse, McCarthy): $3,800
  • Preferred Housing, single (North): $3,935
  • Preferred Housing, single (Hagen): $4,120
  • Super Single* (for students who want to be the sole occupant in a double room)
    • Davis: $3,100
    • Cosgrove: $3,600
    • Bechtel, Franklin, North Traditional, Rohlman: $4,025
    • Tiedemann, Townhouse, McCarthy: $4,750

*When available
Housing Deposit: $250

Meal Plans

  • 7 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $1,545
  • 10 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $1,880
  • 14 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $2,080
  • 19 Meals + $100 spending/per semester: $2,250
  • Flex 160 + $100 spending/per semester: $2,155

Students who live on campus are required to choose a meal plan.

Meal Plan Changes and Appeals

Meal plan change and appeal processes are available on the Housing Options and Meal Plans portal page.


If you would like to receive a copy of your signed housing contract, please email

How do I sign up to live on campus?

First, you must be admitted as a student. If you are accepted, you will receive correspondence from us that includes housing registration and further information.

We assign rooms based on the date you sign your contract and what building you indicated as your preference. (In other words, the earlier you sign your contract, the better chance you have at getting your first preference.) Housing placements for the following school year are emailed mid-May or early June.

Read this Residence Life FAQ for more information

Living Off-Campus

Interested in living off campus? You've come to the right place!

Criteria to live off-campus

  • Complete at least 60 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2017 semester.
  • You are living at your permanent residence with your parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus.   


  1. Institutional Aid. Each institutional grant or scholarship has individual criteria for amounts awarded and some may have GPA requirements to stay eligible. We have an off-campus institutional cap. If you move off campus, your award will be revised accordingly. Please contact Financial Aid at 563/333-6314 to discuss how your award would be modified.
  2. Off-Campus Housing Incentive. SAU is not planning to seek volunteers to move off campus without having the Financial Aid cap. After receiving and counting the contracts, we will evaluate and make a decision. We reserve the right to not offer any or to offer a select number based on university need. In the event incentives are offered, eligibility will be determined by students who have submitted their housing contract on-time and either hold a housing assignment or remain on a wait-list.
  3. Your meal plan. Meal plans are optional for off-campus students. Contact Sodexo Food Service at 563/333-6360 to learn about options for commuter students.
  4. Interested in moving back on campus? Contact Residence Life to submit a housing contract and $250 deposit. Housing is granted by availability and preference is given according to the date contracts and deposits are received.
  5. Off-campus housing options. Complete listings are kept in the Residence Life office, open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please note that listings are not in affiliation with St. Ambrose University. While SAU checks with the city of Davenport to verify that each property is in good standing with the City Inspector's Office, the institution does not endorse anything further. Click here to view off-campus housing options (Excel)
  6. Tenants' rights. As an off-campus resident it is important you are familiar with your rights as a tenant. We've provided more information on tenants' rights (pdf) or a list of things to keep in mind while looking at properties (pdf). Additional information will be available at the Off-Campus Housing Fair. St. Ambrose values neighborhood relations and wants you to know how to do your part.
  7. Housing Deposit Refund Request. The period for requesting housing deposits for 2016-17 is closed.
Graduate Housing

Currently, St. Ambrose University offers a graduate housing contract to students with the plan to co-mingle with undergraduate and other graduate students as spaces are available. Please see Residence Life in the Rogalski Center or email with any questions on availability.

For 2017-18, St. Ambrose University is excited to offer annual, semester, and monthly housing for Graduate Students in portions of McCarthy Hall and certain SAU-owned Houses as a designated themed community.


  • Applications will be available starting February 1, 2017 as part of our Themed Housing Process and applications will be accepted and considered as long as spaces are available.

Requirements For Graduate Housing:

Graduate Student Housing Contract

New graduate students: When admitted to St. Ambrose University, you will receive an email to complete an online contract.
Current SAU undergraduates transitioning to graduate: Contracts are available in the Residence Life Office, Rogalski Center

Contracts will be considered once the $250 deposit has been verified.

Housing Options

Rates are per person.

McCarthy Hall 2nd Floor: 7 Full Apartments (each with 2 double occupancy bedrooms)
Click here to get details and features of McCarthy Hall

  • Double Room: $650/month/person
  • Super Single Room (when you buy out the other bed in a bedroom): $700/month/person

Click here to get details and features of SAU-owned houses

  • Double Room: $650/month/person
  • Super Single Room (when you buy out the other bed in a bedroom): $700/month/person

*If space/availability allows

Stand-Alone House
1912 Brown (5 singles)
1919 Brown (5 singles)
922 Lombard (3 singles, 1 double)

Summer Housing

St. Ambrose offers summer housing to SAU students – even if you're not taking summer classes – as well as non-SAU students with an internship in the Quad Cities.

Current SAU students

Information and contracts are available on MySAU Portal.

Quad Cities Interns

You'll be staying in one of our top-notch, modern residence halls which feature single bedrooms and apartment-style living. Free parking is nearby each hall, and bus service stops right on campus. 

What's life like in the Quad Cities? Glad you asked! is a comprehensive website about what to do, where to eat, and how to fill your downtime when you're NOT interning. Our campus is minutes away from popular hangouts, the Hilltop and Downtown Davenport. Take a look at our location


• Free parking (monitored by 24/7 security)
• Access to the SAU Library, Lee Lohman gym and weight room, sand volleyball court (right outside Hagen and Tiedemann!), game room, Starbucks in the Beehive
• Secure living: card-only access and security at front desks
• Receive mail and packages on campus
• Free Wifi, cable, and utilities
• Weekly housekeeping for bathrooms
• Cardio equipment within your hall
• Summer Housing Assistants in each hall are there to help you, conduct nightly security rounds, and plan great events

Housing is available May 26-Aug.1. If you need housing before or after those dates, please contact Residence Life at 563-333-6358 to make arrangements.


Hagen – $23.50/day ($164.50/week). Single bedrooms in 4- or 6-person apartments
McCarthy or Tiedemann – $20.75/day ($145.25/week). Double bedrooms in 4-person apartments

Payment plans are available by calling Lori Pelletier in Student Accounts, 563-333-6324.


A deposit of $250 (by check) is due upon contract submission and will be deducted from your final bill (minus any damages). Download the 2017 Summer Housing Contract for Visiting Interns (.docx)

The deadline for completed contracts is May 1.


Call Residence Life Hall Director Alex Carr at 563-333-6258 or email

Academic Housing

General Information

The Academic Community sets out to select the most well-rounded First Year students who set a high priority on academia and community involvement. Students accepted into the Academic Community are graded on a comprehensive 80-point scale. Click here to get to get to know more about the North Hall Academic community.

Applications due:

  • March 2, 2017 at 4 p.m. for returning students
  • May 12, 2017 for new students (to get housing placement by June 1st)

The scale is based on the following criteria:

  • Students accepted to this community exemplify solid ACT scores and cumulative grade point averages.
  • In addition to academic success, students will be graded on their community involvement.
  • Finally each student will have to submit written responses to several situation-based essay questions.

The entire selection process aims to find those students who align their personal traits and study habits closest to the mission of St. Ambrose. Students applying for/accepted to the Honors Program may request North Hall, but no application is guaranteed to be accepted.

Take a sneak peek of North Hall ... We're more than just smart kids!

Expectations and Outcomes

As a result of the activities and services provided by the Academic Community, residents will:

  • Invest in their community 
  • Display habits and attitudes that enhance their leadership abilities
  • Consider multiple points of view
  • Recognize a connection between their living environment and academic success
  • Become aware of academic support services and use them
  • Participate in Residence Life Programs
  • Recognize the impact of their participation in connection with their personal and academic success

    Traditional (0-59 credit hours): Suite-style living with groups of 4 students, with 2 students per room and 2 rooms joined by a bathroom

    • Students with over 59 credits may choose to live in traditional housing, but will be held to the University Policies of traditional housing.

    Preferred (60+ credit hours): Groups of 4 in apartment style living. Four single bedrooms with kitchenette, common area, and bathroom

    • To be considered for preferred housing, 3 of the 4 group members must have 60+ credit hours.

      Application: First-year students

      Download the First Year application (pdf) and mail to the address below.
      Please note this is not a housing contract. Students must be accepted to SAU and have a housing contract turned in to be eligible to apply for Academic Housing.

      Application: Transfer students

      Download the Transfer application (pdf) and mail to the address below.

      Please note this is not a housing contract. Students must be accepted to SAU and have a housing contract turned in to be eligible to apply for Academic Housing.

      This community fills quickly, and no spots in the Academic Community are guaranteed.

      Mailing address:

      Academic Community Advisor
      St. Ambrose University
      Office of Residence Life
      518 W. Locust Street
      Davenport, Iowa 52803


      Matt Hansen, Director and Assistant Dean of Students

      Residence Life
      Rogalski Center, 2nd floor
      518 W. Locust St.
      Davenport, IA 52803

      So, what's next?

      Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 50 programs and 26 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!